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Colombia

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 2

Dentons Cardenas & Cardenas

Dentons Cardenas & Cardenasgives advice and support beyond what is expected’, and covers the full spectrum of banking and capital markets work. Bernardo Cárdenas led advice to the ad hoc committee of noteholders of Pacific Exploration & Production and Computershare Trust Company (as the collateral agent), in relation to Pacific’s issuance of guaranteed debtor-in-possession (DIP) notes as part of the restructuring of its financial obligations. The team also advised Financiera de Desarrolllo Nacional on a COP190bn credit facility to Sociedad Concesionaria Operadora Aeropuertaria Internacional (OPAIN) to fund infrastructure improvement works at Colombia’s main airport, El Dorado. Co-head of the practice Eduardo Cárdenas has more than 30 years’ experience in the field, and senior associates Catalina Pinilla and Juan Sebastián Hoyos also attract praise for their work.

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Bernardo Cárdenas - Dentons Cardenas & Cardenas

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Competition and antitrust
Competition and antitrust - ranked: tier 4

Dentons Cardenas & Cardenas

Competition litigation is a core area for Dentons Cardenas & Cardenas, which represents local and international clients in administrative and judicial proceedings, including leniency applications, and has experience in markets such as cement, credit cards, sugar, diapers, and retail camping equipment. Practice head Ximena Zuleta acted for a well-known Colombian company in investigations connected to alleged price fixing, including a leniency application. The team also represented Biomax in clearance proceedings in connection with its intended purchase of significant assets from a competitor, with the SIC reversing its initial opposition to the transaction; and is instructed by CASYP in relation to a judicial challenge of penalties imposed by the SIC for alleged unfair pricing in an airport concession agreement.

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Corporate and M&A
Corporate and M&A - ranked: tier 2

Dentons Cardenas & Cardenas

Dentons Cardenas & Cardenas’ team stands out for its ‘knowledge of the legal and business market’. Work highlights included advising the ad hoc committee of bondholders on Pacific Exploration & Production’s debt restructuring, valued at approximately $5.3bn; the work included the implementation of a Debtor-In-Possession (DIP) financing via a $500m note issuance. Mauricio Borrero headed a team acting as local counsel to JP Morgan on the $180m sale of its interest in Banco Caja Social to Fundación Social. Practice heads Eduardo Cárdenas and Dario Cárdenas are both recommended, with the latter highlighted as ‘extremely responsive, conscientious and highly professional’.

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Eduardo Cárdenas - Dentons Cardenas & Cardenas

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Energy and natural resources
Energy and natural resources - ranked: tier 2

Dentons Cardenas & Cardenas

Dentons Cardenas & Cardenas is noted for its regulatory and financial expertise in the energy and natural resources field, particularly in the areas of mining and oil and gas. The dedicated team is headed by Bernardo Cárdenas, James Valdiri and associate Inés Elvira Vesga. Valdiri is assisting Novum Energy with due diligence concerning three mining titles located in Boyacá department; and Cárdenas and Valdiri are assisting Valparaiso Energy in connection with a gold mine situated in the Antioquia region. Brazil Resources, Condor Exploration and Resources, and Greenland Resources regularly instruct the firm. Since publication Jorge Neher, Hernán Rodríguez and Santiago González have all joined the firm from Norton Rose Fulbright.

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Jorge Neher - Dentons Cardenas & Cardenas

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Inés Elvira Vesga - Dentons Cardenas & Cardenas

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 2

Dentons Cardenas & Cardenas

Dentons Cardenas & Cardenas has an ‘excellent’ IP group with a ‘balanced practice’ covering contentious and non-contentious matters across trade marks, patents, data protection and privacy. Highlights included successfully acting for Ferrari in a trade mark opposition to the registration of the name SCUDERIA on grounds of its similarity to the client’s registered trade mark SF SCUDERIA FERRARI. The team also assisted AC Nielsen Colombia in devising and implementing a data privacy policy to comply with current legislation, involving due diligence, contract review and the registration of databases before the SIC. ‘Amazing practitionersJuanita Acosta and Luz Helena Adarve head the team with support from associates Ana María Ruiz, Rolando Escobar, Mario Andrés Carvajalino, and the ‘incredible’ Rocio Ruiz.

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Luz Helena Adarve - Dentons Cardenas & Cardenas

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Labour and employment
Labour and employment - ranked: tier 3

Dentons Cardenas & Cardenas

Dentons Cardenas & Cardenas’ labour group acts for local and international corporations on the full spectrum of employment law matters, with a focus on day-to-day labour policies. It recently acted for a global corporation on the implementation of an employee incentive plan; and also assisted a global communications corporation in devising a scheme to hire more than 200 employees who previously provided indirect services to the client, covering termination arrangements, settlement agreements and re-hiring. Lorena Arámbula leads the four-lawyer team.

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Projects
Projects - ranked: tier 2

Dentons Cardenas & Cardenas

Dentons Cardenas & Cardenas’ ‘knows the projects sector in Colombia thoroughly, and its knowledge is always up-to-date and effective. This is successfully combined with high-standard response times and value for money’. The team is now led by Ximena Zuleta after Andrés Fernández De Soto’s departure to set up his own practice. The team assisted engineering corporation Moffatt & Nichol with an analysis and legal opinion on the performance of a consulting agreement entered into with Fondo Adaptación, concerning works on the Canal del Dique project. It is also advising an international broadcasting corporation on penalties imposed by the Ministry of Technology and Telecommunications (MinTIC) in relation to major concession projects. Name partner Bernardo Cárdenas is also an active member of the practice.

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 2

Dentons Cardenas & Cardenas

Dentons Cardenas & Cardenas’ group covers day-to-day tax advisory matters, tax planning, transaction structuring and litigation, advising local and international corporations and attracting regular instructions from international law firms to assist with Colombian tax legislation. The practice was engaged by BBDO Worldwide to advise on tax due diligence issues relating to its purchase of a majority interest in a group of Colombian corporations with an aggregate value approaching $40m. It also advised Siemens and Dresser Rand on transfer pricing issues connected to inter-company transactions and compliance with the ‘arm’s-length’ principle. Camilo Cortés leads the practice, with Carmen Sanabria also recommended.

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Camilo Cortés - Dentons Cardenas & Cardenas

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Colombia: Dispute resolution

Litigation
Dispute resolution: litigation - ranked: tier 4

Dentons Cardenas & Cardenas

Dentons Cardenas & Cardenas’ experience includes administrative litigation, and distribution, construction and engineering disputes, with previous clients including Oleoducto del Caribe, Ford Motor-Colombia, Comcel and Pacific Stratus Energy. Following the departure of Alberto Zuleta to Holland & Knight and Andrés Fernández de Soto to establish his own practice, the team is led by Ximena Zuleta and recently recruited senior associate Paula Vejarano who arrived from Gómez-Pinzón Zuleta.

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